This is a basic recipe for Oriental style fried shrimp or prawns.


1 lb. large shrimp or prawns

(a) Marinade

1 Tbsp. wine
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
6 Tbsp. flour
Oil for deep-frying


Soft batter:

1 beaten egg
4/5 cup ice water
1 cup flour


Crispy flour paste:

1 cup ice water
1 cup flour
1/3 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tbsp. oil


  1. Shell the whole shrimp except the tail and remove the vein.
  2. Make three cuts from the belly to the back, do not cut through but stop half way so that shrimp will not curl when frying.
  3. Add ingredients (a) and marinate briefly.
  4. Combine ingredients for the coating (b); Stir and mix well.
  5. Heat oil in the wok to medium hot (about 350 F).
  6. Hold each shrimp by tail then dip in batter; deep-fry for 2 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove and lay out shrimp on a paper towel to drain excess oil.



For best results, keep the the temperature of deep-frying oil at 350 F. When cooking shrimp, should the temperature fall, increase heat until it reaches 350 F then reduce heat to maintain temperature.

Serve with a dipping sauce.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

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